Posted on November 4, 2012 by Pete Hummers
Master guitarists Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo visited the First Flight High School Saturday. Playing amplified acoustic instruments, they owned the audience after their first number, ‘It Might As Well Be Spring,’ when they stopped mid-song to pose comically for a photographer in the audience. The show continued apace, mixing virtuosic musicianship with comedy. The music ranged from ballet, as the pair managed to play Tschaikovsky’s Swan Lake Act One while assuming ballet positions and prancing about the stage, to beautiful jazzy versions of early to modern standards (‘Stardust,’ ‘I Shot the Sheriff’), with special emphasis given to past masters Les Paul (whom Vignola has played with) and Gypsy genius Django Reinhardt … not to mention Frank Zappa. Visit FrankVignola.com, VinnyRaniolo.com and OuterBanksForum.org for more. (Pete Hummers photo)
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Posted on October 27, 2012 by Pete Hummers
Sandy is predicted to pivot around the Outer Banks before heading inland.
Hurricane Sandy, that is. At the Nags Head Pierhouse restaurant
this morning, four minutes after opening found the usual breakfasting police officers and a few strange (to me) couples at the tables. The staff and clientele were as animated by the approaching storm as the Atlantic surging beneath the restaurant and the jokes and wisecracks were flying.
Sandy is predicted to just brush Nags Head, although for a while, as she is expected to turn inland using the Outer Banks as a pivot.
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Posted on October 22, 2012 by Pete Hummers
From National Geographic:
Underwater archaeologist Lisa Briggs points to a fleck of gold dust she recently recovered from the wreck of the pirate Blackbeard’s ship, the Queen Anne’s Revenge.
A spur-of-the-moment donation today of $32,500 allowed the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources to meet its fund-raising goal of $450,000 to continue excavating the wreckage of the Queen Anne’s Revenge, the flagship of the legendary 18th-century pirate Blackbeard.
Despite his reputation as a ruthless killer, many eastern North Carolina residents consider Blackbeard something of a hometown boy. And the long-ago pirate is still bringing money into the state. When a special exhibit of artifacts from the Queen Anne’s Revenge opened at the North Carolina Maritime Museum last year, it drew 50,000 visitors during its first month.
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Posted on August 11, 2012 by Pete Hummers
Singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Dore Coller (right), of Marin County, California, visited the Outer Banks recently and played gigs at Ocean Boulevard and the Nags Head Pier. A current member of The Hot Club of Marin, Savannah Blue, Trio Max and Unplugged, Dore specializes in playing Bermudagrass and Caribbean R&B, and has played with such artists as Big Brother, Jeffrey Cain, The David Grisman Quintet, Dan Hicks, Paul Mehling and the Hot Club of San Francisco, Van Morrison, The Youngbloods and many others. For the Nags Head Pier show he enlisted former high-school bandmate, local newspaperman Pete Hummers, on second guitar. The gracious audience was demonstrably appreciative. (JoAnn Hummers photo)
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